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Clarkson men open ECAC season with 1st win; women outskate Yale

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Clarkson’s men’s hockey team may not have liked how the nonconference portion of the season began, but they are definitely pleased with the start to ECAC Hockey play.

Jarrett Burton scored a goal at 17 minutes, 51 seconds of the third period and freshman Greg Lewis earned his first career shutout with 22 saves as the Golden Knights defeated Yale 1-0 in the conference opener Friday before 3,274 fans at Ingalls Rink.

Clarkson (1-4-3 overall) had played in three straight tie games heading into Friday’s contest against a Yale team that had scored 14 goals in four games.

“I thought we deserved a better fate in some of our nonconference games, and that didn’t happen,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “We were trying to stay positive and tonight was our best game overall. We were pretty relentless on our backcheck.”

Friday’s game also saw the return of three players who had missed time with injuries: forwards Adam Pawlick and Simon Bessette and defenseman Andrew Himelson.

“Those kids are good penalty killers and good situational players,” Jones said of the trio.

Heading into Friday’s game the fewest goals Yale (2-2-1 overall, 1-2 conference) had scored in a game this season was a 2-2 tie against Dartmouth in the first game of the season. Last weekend the Bulldogs scored nine goals while splitting games at Dartmouth and Harvard.

But the only period where Yale really put much pressure on Clarkson was the second, when the Bulldogs outshot Clarkson 14-9.

“I thought our (defensemen) were really good tonight and our team defense was really good tonight,” Jones said. “That was the best game we played all year with getting sticks in the (passing) lanes.”

Clarkson dominated play in the third period, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-2 and finally getting a goal with 2:09 left when Burton put in the rebound of a shot from Will Frederick for his fifth goal of the season. Burton has scored Clarkson’s last three goals.

“He has good hockey sense,” Jones said of Burton. “He does the things well in a game that you want from a center. He drove the net well.”

Lewis added to a solid game last Saturday against Canisius, where he made 35 saves, with his shutout Friday. In his last two games he has stopped 57 of 59 shots (.966 save percentage).

“He looks comfortable and he’s settling in,” Jones said.

CLARKSON WOMEN WIN 4-1

With another balanced scoring effort up front and a stingy defensive performance, the third-ranked CU women’s hockey team skated to a dominating 4-1 ECAC victory over Yale at Cheel Arena.

Off to their best start ever in the 10-year history of the program, the Golden Knights stand at 9-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Green and Gold host Brown in conference action in Potsdam on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m.

Clarkson took control right from the start against Yale, outshooting the Bulldogs 17-7 in the first period en route to a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes. The Knights tallied three goals in a span of 5:32.

Senior Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) started the scoring at 4:27 when she took the puck out of the right corner and fired a shot up top for her seventh goal of the season. Junior Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) earned the assist. Less than a minute later, at 5:14, junior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) made it 2-0, connecting for her third goal of the season off a pass from classmate Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT).

Junior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) tallied on the power play with freshman Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) setting her up with a perfect pass in the slot at 9:59. Senior defenseman Hailey Wood (Lethbridge, ALB) also set up the play.

Just 48 seconds into the middle frame, Clarkson went ahead 4-0 when MacAulay fired in a blast from the point for a power-play marker, her third goal of the season. Wood picked up her second assist of the game.

With 5:48 remaining in the third, Yale (1-6, 1-4) spoiled the shutout bid by junior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) when Jamie Haddad redirected a shot in front for her third goal of the season. Jamie Gray and Janelle Ferrara assisted.

Clarkson outshot Yale 39-17. The Knights were perfect in specialty-teams play, going 2-of-2 on the power play while killing off all four of the Bulldogs’ man-advantage chances.

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